1894 - Katherine Milhous
American author and illustrator best known for The Egg Tree, which won the 1951 Caldecott Medal.
1907 - L. Sprague de Camp
American author of science fiction, non-fiction and biography
1909 - James Agee
American writer and critic whose autobiographical novel A Death in the Family won him a posthumous Pulitzer Prize in 1958.
1933 - Gordon S. Wood
American historian; winner of the 1993 Pulitzer Prize in History for The Radicalism of the American Revolution.
1937 - Gail Sheehy
American author and journalist, best known for her book Passages.
1942 - Marilyn Hacker
American poet who won the National Book Award for Poetry in 1974.
1957 - Michael Stackpole
American science fiction and fantasy author who writes within the Star Wars and Battletech series.
1960 - Kevin Henkes
American children's book author and illustrator who has won both the Caldecott and Newbery awards.
1964 - David Rakoff
Canadian-born writer known for his humorous, self-deprecating essays.
8 BC - Horace
1895 - Alexandre Dumas (fils)
1953 - Eugene O'Neill
1999 - Elizabeth Gray Vining
2000 - Malcolm Bradbury